March 16, 2015

The Close the Innovation Deficit campaign, a coalition of more than 120 national business, higher education, scientific, patient, and other organizations, commends Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) for introducing the American Innovation Act today. This legislation would take major steps toward closing the nation's innovation deficit by significantly increasing investments in key federal science agencies and programs.

These agencies and programs - the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, the Department of Defense's science and technology programs, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's scientific and technical research and services, and NASA's science directorate - conduct vital research that is essential to the nation's long-term economic growth and national security, as well as the quality of life of all Americans.

Unfortunately, the nation's lagging support of research, combined with rapid increases in such investments by our international competitors, is creating an innovation deficit that threatens U.S. global economic leadership. Enactment and implementation of the American Innovation Act, as well as S. 289, the American Cures Act, a bill Senator Durbin has also introduced that would provide for similar investments in the National Institutes of Health and other health agencies, would reverse this trend and pave the way to closing the innovation deficit.

Academy of Radiology Research

Aerospace Industries Association

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

Alzheimer's Association

American Anthropological Association

American Association for Dental Research

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

American Association for Thoracic Surgery

American Association of Anatomists

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Astronomical Society

American Brain Coalition

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Chemical Society

American College of Gastroenterology

American Council on Education

American Educational Research Association

American Gastroenterological Association

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

American Institute of Biological Sciences

American Mathematical Society

American Pancreatic Association

American Physical Society

American Physiological Society

American Political Science Association

American Sociological Association

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics

American Society for Engineering Education

American Society for Microbiology

American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

American Society of Agronomy

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

American Society of Plant Biologists

American Statistical Association

American Surgical Association

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Association for Academic Surgery

Association for Surgical Education

Association for Women in Mathematics

Association of Academic Physiatrists

Association of American Geographers

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of American Universities

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Independent Research Institutes

Association of Population Centers

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Association of Research Libraries

Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy

Bay Area Council

Biophysical Society

Brain Injury Association of America

Business-Higher Education Forum

Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research

Coalition for the Life Sciences

Coalition for National Science Funding

Coalition for National Security Research

Computing Research Association

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Consortium of Social Science Associations

Cooley's Anemia Foundation

Council of Graduate Schools

Council on Competitiveness

Council on Undergraduate Research

Crop Science Society of America

Deadliest Cancers Coalition

Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer

Digestive Disease National Coalition

Ecological Society of America

Energy Sciences Coalition

Entomological Society of America

Esophageal Cancer Action Network

Everylife Foundation for Rare Diseases

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences

Hepatitis B Foundation

Hepatitis Foundation International

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society


Industrial Research Institute

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Lung Cancer Alliance

Materials Research Society

Mathematical Association of America

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

National Association of Marine Laboratories

National Brain Tumor Society

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals

National Ground Water Association

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

National Pancreas Foundation

Natural Science Collections Alliance

Older Women's League

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Pink Concussions, Inc.

Population Association of America


Semiconductor Industry Association

Semiconductor Research Corporation

Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Society for Neuroscience

Society of General Internal Medicine

Society of Surgical Chairs

Society of University Urologists

Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors

Soil Science Society of America

Southeastern Universities Research Association

Stand With Science

Task Force on American Innovation

The Geological Society of America

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

The Endocrine Society

The Optical Society

The Science Coalition

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

United for Medical Research

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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